International Women’s Day, Tbilisi, Georgia

Marking International Women’s Day, the Georgian Women’s Movement (GWM) took to the streets to call for greater gender equality in the political life of the country. Similar rallies were staged throughout Georgia, including minority towns and cities such as mainly ethnic Armenian populated Akhalkalaki and majority ethnic Azeri inhabited Marneuli.

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24 April Memorial and Demonstration outside the Turkish Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia

24 April marked the 99th anniversary of the massacre and deportation of as many as 1.5 million ethnic Armenians living in the then Ottoman Empire. Widely considered by historians to be the first Genocide of the 20th Century, Armenians worldwide gather on this date to remember the dead or demonstrate to demand recognition. Members of the ethnic Armenian community in Tbilisi, Georgia, are no different.

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Georgia’s EU Association Agreement Still On Track, But Some Hurdles Remain

As Georgia prepares to sign its Association Agreement with the EU, civil society in the former Soviet republic held its own event supporting and confirming the country's European aspirations. Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso has just published my piece on the event as well as two others that, coincidentally or not, occurred just hours earlier and which also identified some of the obstacles that still need to be overcome.

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BBC Azeri and Turkish Services Publish Tbilisi Vake Park Protest Photo Story

BBC Azeri yesterday published some of my photos documenting the environmental protest in Tbilisi’s Vake Park and so I paid a return visit the night before to check if there were any new developments. Basically, there are none although legal action has not been rejected by the courts. Instead, more information needs to be provided before any case against the construction can proceed.

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Youth Solidarity Video Flashmob Against Violence in Ukraine Held in Tbilisi, Georgia

It was a simple wall post on a Facebook group that alerted me to Friday's flashmob in support of Euromaidan protestors in Ukraine, but I have to be honest and say I didn't know what to expect or whether it would last longer than 10 or 15 minutes. Instead, however, the action was much more elaborate than I initially imagined and lasted nearly two hours.

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